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Superintendent's January 2013 Letter to Community

Alameda Unified School District Superintendent Kirsten Vital talks website improvements, the district office move and a compensation proposal to the teachers' union.

From Alameda Unified School District Superintendent Kirsten Vital:

In 2013, we are striving to improve our efforts to share accurate, timely information about what is happening in the District.  In addition to this monthly Superintendent's letter, we will also continue to send a weekly Community Bulletin to a growing group of subscribers to our email update service, regular Employee Bulletins to teachers and staff, and periodic Press Releases announcing important news. Schools, PTAs, and our community partners will also continue to share news about our students and schools in many other ways. We are always interested in good ideas for better ways to keep the community well-informed, so please let us know your suggestions for how best to continue to improve.

Website Improvements Coming; Sign Up for Email Newsletter

In coming months, we will be updating and improving our website, usually the best place to go for information about what is happening with the Board of Education and the District. Those interested in receiving our weekly Community Bulletins and other updates should enter an email address in the lower right corner of the home page of our website under "Sign Up for Our Email Newsletter" here: http://www.alameda.k12.ca.us/

Board Adopts 2013-14 School Year Calendar

Earlier this month, the Board of Education adopted a calendar for the 2013-14 school year. Next year the first day of school for students will be August 26, 2013, students and families will have a full week break at Thanksgiving, and the last day of school will be June 12, 2014. The full calendar is posted on the left side of the front page of our website as a Quick Link and also under the "Latest News" section at http://www.alameda.k12.ca.us/.

District Makes Compensation Proposal to Teachers' Union

Last Thursday, the District's negotiating team presented a compensation proposal to the bargaining team representing AEA. After receiving the compensation proposal, AEA made a counter offer and later that afternoon declared its belief that the parties are at impasse. The District has expressed its desire to return to the bargaining table so that each side may continue to exchange proposals on compensation and other articles under negotiation. You can view the actual proposals and get more information about the status of negotiations with AEA on the Labor Negotiations page of our website. 

District Office Move

Over the recent Winter Break, the District Office moved from the seismically unsafe portions of Historic Alameda High School to a new location at 2060 Challenger Drive. The move was accomplished on a very tight timeline with operations up and running to support our school sites when students returned from vacation on January 7, 2013. Most phone numbers have not changed, but please note our new address.

Additional Community Input Sought on Facilities Issues

At its next meeting on February 12, 2013, the Board of Education will be discussing process for community engagement and input regarding the future of the seismically unsafe portions of Historic Alameda High School, any future decision to purchase rather than lease space for the District Office, and the many big questions we need to answer about the long term facilities issues facing our schools and community.

As always, feel free to email me at kvital@alameda.k12.ca.us  or call me at510.337.7060 with your feedback, questions and any concerns.

Pacita Dimacali February 03, 2013 at 11:20 PM
Nice to know. One of the things we're waiting for is an updated map of school districts. Although parents are still cautioned to call the school district for accurate information, at least the map provides a bit of guidance. New residents are forewarned: just because your kid is in a certain school district doesn't guarantee the kid can go to that school.
Anne (McKereghan) DeBardeleben February 04, 2013 at 06:06 PM
I prefer the "Identify you Neighborhood School" link located under Enrollment Information on the district website. Type in an address and boom, there's a list of the schools, with contact information, for your home. To prevent confusion, I do wish the Boundaries Map would be removed from the site until it is updated.

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